Marco Germani

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Drake Is Too Big to Fail

Over the last decade a single man, preternaturally gifted at engaging people on the internet, has been building a digital empire based on Likes, …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The Unexpectedly Moving Story of U-God, the Least-Loved Member of the Wu-Tang Clan

Most fans of the Wu-Tang Clan have a favorite member. You can make a strong case for at least two-thirds of the nonet: GZA has the old-fashioned flow and the foreboding intellect; Method Man oozes cunning and charisma; the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard was pure funk, like the human embodiment of a James …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Examining Hip-Hop’s Biggest Cultural Shifts Over The Last Three Decades And Predicting 2018’s Impact

Chief Keef recently posted a Mt. Rushmore Of Hip-Hop on his Instagram. The photo positioned himself, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Drake as the four most influential artists in hip-hop. The polarizing post may have rankled hip-hop traditionalists who grew up with Jay-Z, Nas, Tupac, and other golden …

Rap & Hip-Hop
Rap & Hip-Hop

60 Things Only People Born Between 1975-1985 Will Truly Get

Again, please don’t click on this post unless you lived through the ’80s.

'Black Panther' Review: This Deeply Conservative Movie Makes Captain America Look Like A Neo-Marxist Stooge

Last week, I blasted the identity-politics-mongering cultural Left for driving a wedge between black Americans and white Americans coming <b>together</b> to …

Black Panther Was A White Man’s Perspective.

(<b>ThyBlackMan.com</b>) Recently I went to see Black Panther and paid close attention to every minute. I applaud the African and <i>African American</i> actors. …

25 Years Later, Tupac’s ‘Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.’ Album Is Still Too Relevant

When people liken themselves or another hip-hop artist to Tupac in 2018, it’s usually for short-sighted, self-serving reasons. Whether it’s artists coming back from a prison bid like Boosie or rappers engaged in art-imitates-reality controversy like Troy Ave, the nods rarely do justice to Tupac’s …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Why Black People Are Always Bringing Up Old Stuff, Explained

<b>Hey, bruh, I’m back again for our weekly explainer. I thought we might talk about Black History Month this time.</b><p>Sure! I always enjoy our talks.<p>In …

Black History

Taylor Swift’s Lyrics Are Too Lame to Copyright, Judge Hilariously Rules

In a copyright case accusing Swift of cribbing the “Shake It Off” lyrics “players gonna play” and “haters gonna hate,” a judge ruled the phrases too …

History explains why it sounds so racist when Kayla Moore says “a Jew”

My mother-in-law is originally from Appalachia in Kentucky—a place that’s not home to many Jewish people. In fact, growing up, she didn’t realize that Jewish people existed. “Jew,” for her, was a verb, which meant “to cheat, ” as in “don’t Jew me out of my 10 dollars.” She was mortified after she …

Everything You Think You Know About Freestyling Is Wrong

It's safe to say that Eminem is a good rapper. As a global superstar for coming up on 20 years, there is very little that he hasn't achieved in …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Legends: DMX

<i>Introduction By @TrueGodImmortal</i> – One of the most seminal artists in the late 90s is DMX. Hip Hop was at a period where everything was shiny suits, …

Some Nerds Used Algorithms to Find Out Which Word Is the "Most Hip-Hop"

They also discovered that "racism" is one of the words that is most central to Kanye West's work, whatever that means.<p>Rap and nerds. Nerds and rap. The two are complementary to each other, as evidenced by Genius, anime artwork, and Jedi Mind Tricks. Though many of that world's most famous lines and …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Hip-Hop Will Never Truly Move on From 2Pac

There’s a new Tupac Shakur biopic, <i>All Eyez on Me</i>, in theaters on Friday. There are two high-profile 2Pac documentaries in the works, one a six-part …

AlphaGo: Can an ancient Chinese board game give Google the keys to the Middle Kingdom?

If it was just about man versus machine in the ancient Chinese game of Go, then Google has come out on top.<p>The reigning world champion, 19-year-old …

The 'rules' of grammar are made up, so why bother following them?

In the year 1712, the essayist Jonathan Swift put forth quite a radical proposal for "Correcting, Improving, and Ascertaining" the English …

The History of Hip-Hop: 1925 to Now

Kiss the past hello.<p>If you start in the past and work all the way to the present, the history of hip-hop spreads out in every direction. It dates …

Rap & Hip-Hop

His Kampf

Richard Spencer is a troll and an icon for white supremacists. He was also my high-school classmate.<p>On December 17, 2007, the libertarian magazine <i>Reason</i> held a Christmas bash—a “Very Special, Very Secular Christmas Party”—at its office in Washington, D.C. The guest of honor, the late <i>Atlantic</i> book …

Hillary Clinton

Joe Budden, Lil Yachty, and Hip-Hop’s War on Happiness

On a recent episode of <i>Everyday Struggle</i>​, rap's generational divide was on full display in a conversation between co-host Joe Budden and Lil Yachty. …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Features | Anniversary | Wu-Tang Forever: The Making And The Breaking Of The Clan

Angus Batey looks back 20 years to the album that came at the end of the Wu-Tang Clan's five year plan and asks, What went wrong?<p>There are a number …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The Fear of Feelings at Work

The psychologist Susan David argues that the idea that employees should only display positive emotions at work often results in organizational failures.<p>It’s clear which emotions are acceptable at work: Happiness and enthusiasm are welcomed, but sadness and fear are usually awkward and taboo. That’s …

Psychology

The Rumors Were Right. Kendrick Lamar DID Release 2 New Albums.

Merely hours after Kendrick Lamar released his masterful new album, <i>DAMN</i>., a rumor surfaced that set the internet ablaze. It is unclear who the …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The Hypocrisy Of Living: If Kendrick Lamar Died Tomorrow, He’d Be The GOAT

The only thing standing in the way of Kendrick Lamar and the greatest rapper of all-time title is the fact that he’s still alive.<p>Read those words out …

Classical Pianist Performs A Dr.Dre Mashup In Compton And Blows Everyone Away!

Classical Pianist, <b>Morris Rahbar</b>, performs a 5-song Dr.Dre Mashup for students in Compton, CA. following the release of the hit movie “Straight Outta …

Rap & Hip-Hop

What Kendrick Lamar's 'Damn.' outselling Drake and Ed Sheeran means for rap's future

On his 2015 <i>To Pimp a Butterfly</i> standout "Hood Politics," Kendrick Lamar put the hip-hop community on blast for a grave contradiction in the way they …

Rap & Hip-Hop

'DAMN.' Proves Kendrick Lamar Doesn't Make "Fun" Music

I don’t listen to new music with the rest of you, and by the “rest of you” I mean the Internet. The Internet speeds everything up and an accelerated …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Dynamic Christianity vs. the Benedict Option

Believers, the culture needs you.<p>Jesus Christ was not a politician. His Kingdom was not of this world. Nevertheless, his political savvy was on full …

Faith

Why facts aren't always more important than opinions

Which is more important, a fact or an opinion on any given subject? It might be tempting to say the fact. But not so fast …<p>Lately, we find ourselves …

Critical Thinking

Damn, Kendrick Lamar: Anatomy of a “Duckworth” epiphany

The most transformative moment of “DAMN.” is in the final verse of the album’s last song<p>Damn, Kendrick Lamar’s new album may be the best collection of music I've heard in the past 20 years. I'm not going to review "DAMN." myself; you can read my colleague Max Cea's amazing Salon review. Instead, …

Rap & Hip-Hop